Tag: Public Relations

Twitter doesn’t take a holiday; Neither should managing your reputation

amazon_logoOver the weekend, while some gathered for family dinners or hunted for Easter eggs, and others enjoyed a day in the park, I got caught up in listening to the online buzz about Amazon and the global reaction to its new policies.

I watched as anger and dissent – like mutating airborne bacteria – rapidly diffused throughout the Social Web, from network to network and person to person…all while the giant – Amazon – slept. By the time the global bookseller got wind of the situation, Plan A – which could have been “containment,” the chance to proactively manage the situation, was no longer an option. It was time for the big bookseller to declare a public relations state of emergency and go straight to Plan B: global communication and response.

So what did Amazon do? They emailed a comment:

“There was a glitch with our sales rank feature that is in the process of being fixed. We’re working to correct the problem as quickly as possible.”

Amazon’s reply was like pouring lighter fluid on a fire.

As of this writing, the company’s blog still has not been updated and the tweets continue to pour into the stream with #AmazonFail holding its own as a top Twitter trend. There’s talk in the Twittersphere that says Amazon will “speak” tomorrow – the start of what will prove to be a very long week of defensive maneuvering.

In the end, this all could have been avoided. And there’s no excuse for it anymore. Twitter has proven itself – time and again – as a viable and valuable communications channel…in times of disaster, giving, protest, and celebration.

Twitter – like any communication tool on the Social Web – doesn’t take a holiday. It doesn’t sleep. And it doesn’t take weekends off.

And neither should you…if you care about your reputation.


Cutting bait takes courage (for both company and client)

I recently asked management at a consumer research firm if they ever had the occasion to strongly recommend killing a product prior to release. The firm said it happened often and with vigor. I was impressed.

We have choices in life. And choosing the path that could potentially jeopardize cash flow is usually not the one we prefer.

So, with that one response, the consumer research firm gained instant credibility, laying the foundation for the big-return bonding experience: TRUST. As we all know, one simply cannot hang a price tag on trust. 

Killing a client project, divorcing a significant relationship, kiboshing a product in development, or terminating a new employee ultimately demonstrates leadership and vision because you’re looking out for the long-term big picture. You’re also looking out for the best interests of both parties (although, at times, it may not seem that way). Knowing exactly when to let go is just another form of achieving success.

My hat goes off to those who understand, embrace and practice “the art of letting go.”

RECOMMENDED RELEVANT READING: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Breathing life into conversation

Recently a friend (very centered, very grounded) asked me to send her a list of all my favorite songs that reference “breathing.” She is going to write her own song about just that.

It’s a great topic!

Yep, breathing is “the bomb” in communications…Ye Olde Secret Weapon.

Oxygen (O2) is to fire what breathing is to conversation. Breathing can bring new life to your conversations and presentations. Breathing can take a spark of an idea and turn it into a roaring hotbed of discussion. 

In books, blogs, and business seminars – we still hear about the importance of breathing…the importance of taking a moment…taking a breath.


Why do I have to remind myself to take a deep breath sometimes? Is it the 60-second news cycle culture? Is it the multi-media multi-tasking? Is it anticipation? The excitement of being caught up in a moment?

I feel fortunate to have so many moments in my life that simply take my breath away. But I am going to continue heeding the good advice of so many respected sources/resources and remember to breathe during every moment of my life

TIP: If you want to pump some O2 into your business speaking/presentations, I recommend Cahill and Associates. Their powerful training program is a breath of fresh air.